James Eliot Jones is an american musician, singer/songwriter, producer. Born in Chicago, Ill and raised in Hawaii on the island of O'ahu. Starting his carear in the early 80's Honolulu metal scene, and graduating to the Los Angeles Scene of the late 80's and early 90's by the time 92 ended he had moved his band north to Portland Oregon for 18 months until migrating South to Atlanta Ga. Where he would spend the next 15 years as a vital part of the Atlanta rock Scene. playing in and recording with numerous acts on all levels including Marvelous 3, the Pleasantdales, Supermatic, Butch Walker, Open Sky Separators, Betty Rebel, and of course finally in 2000 taking the lead spot in his own band Eliot James and the Snakes. opening Koda Recording Studios in 1998 Jones recorded a glut of Atlanta Bands (the El Camino's, Gargantua, Rocket's to Ruin, S.M.O.,Fight Paris, the Tender Idols as well as demos' for the likes of Skid Row. In 2006 Jones sold the studio to Jonny Colt and moved to Austin TX where he still resides Koda Recording Studios is firmly entrenched in a S. Austin House shared by Jones and his wife and dog. He is producing, recording, writing , and performing music full time and there's no sign of slowing down as he gears up for a run of west coast dates with Battleme, and then back to ATX for an ACL after party
Battleme opens for Arron Beherns and the Midnight Stroll @ Stubbs on OCT. 3 2013
look for new EJ& S music early 2014...
BIO from"All Music Guide":
The guitarist James Jones of Atlanta, not to be confused with other rockers with this name from bands such as Bim Skala Bim or Pere Ubu, came to attention in the second half of the '90s with a group named the Pleasantdales. That moniker may bring to mind shaded porches, mandolins, and perhaps the lilt of a chromatic harmonica in the distance, but in reality this group was pure hard rock and about as pleasant as a building demolition. Jones, the lead picker, would go "through every pose emulated by hard rock guitarists-in-training the world over," at least according to one Atlanta rock pundit in comments about the band. An album by the Pleasantdales, effectively titled Pretty Scars, came out in 1998. Jones gave the band a few more years but by 2000 had gone on the road with the Marvelous 3, apparently to give that group an assist in re-creating its guitar-heavy album sound on-stage. At least some of the publicity created by the group refers to the guitarist simply as "J.J.," inviting confusion with at least eight other performers who rely on these initials as a stage name. The guitarist also launched a side project for his own songs called the Snakes. Members include Mark Green on bass, Nick Volpe on guitar, Rob Hammersmith on drums, and backup singer Lauren Betty. ~ Eugene Chadbourne,